MONDAY NIGHT REIGNS-O-METER #52: Tracking Roman Reigns’s ability to beat the odds and come out on top

By Tom Colohue, PWTorch Specialist

Roman Reigns (artist Travis Beaven © PWTorch)


Roman Reigns is one of the most divisive and talked about WWE performers in history. The company makes desperate play after desperate play to make him their number one star – with limited success. How do they do it? What do they do?

I’m Tom Colohue and this is the Monday Night Reigns-o-Meter.

Monday Night Reigns-o-Meter

Something very unexpected happened on Monday Night Raw last night. It was a huge change in format, a massively out of the blue change that set the world talking, created a new hero from an old hero and changed the way that we will all look at wrestling forever.

That’s right, Roman Reigns lost a match.

Has Reigns ever actually beaten Rollins?

Now before we all launch into our usual crisis management systems, before hell rises, earthquakes shake the Welsh coast and people start forgetting Apollo’s surname, let us all take a deep breath in silent respect of Roman’s upcoming Elimination Chamber victory. Let us respect how good he made Seth Rollins appear, ready for Seth to be speared and eliminated by your boy Roman at the upcoming event.

You see, even when Roman Reigns is beaten by the odds, it is merely a political play that allows him to stockpile a beating of the odds in the future.

Roman Reigns, wearing his heel face since The Shield officially disbanded again back in that segment all of us remember very well, opens the show. He runs down his list of opponents, from most heel (John Cena) all the way up to most face. (Braun Strowman) The promo officially ends there with the arrival of Seth Rollins but technically the promo continues in all of our hearts.

Is this Elimination Chamber match the most beard in one match at one time in history? Asking for a friend who’s into that.

To the shock of everyone, the crowd choose to support Seth Rollins with a Burn It Down chant instead of using their usual anti-Roman chants that actually don’t get anyone over. Seth seems suitably shocked.

Roman, fighting for his chance to be the second man to main event Wrestlemania four times in a row on Sunday actually lacks stakes in this one. He makes stringent use of his bad guy moveset, as he has done in the past against Styles and The Undertaker, and makes angry faces at the camera.

Naturally, Roman Reigns can afford to lose this match, and that’s definitely why he did so. I mean, sure, he could have had a big performance like Seth Rollins did. In fact, we all know he could have gone further and beaten everyone at once but in reality, Roman is looking out for his buddy Sethy, giving him a big win on TV in a match Roman didn’t need to be winning.

Also, one supposed head butt was most definitely a rake to the eyes. Dirty boy. Seth’s faceplant frog splash was also something you really can’t miss. It’s a glorious moment of face to mat. I’m really excited for Seth to move to Smackdown Live where he belongs.

Now, as I mentioned, Roman Reigns lost this match. I could go on with the match but this isn’t the Sethometer, is it? His performance was a big deal because Seth isn’t the one who always beats the odds but with no more Roman there really isn’t much more to talk about. Today, just for today, Roman shared his unstoppable magic with his friend.

And obviously Roman should get all the credit for Seth’s performance because of that.

Odds Counter
– Seth Rollins

Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?

Sold that buckle bomb well though, didn’t he?

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